cortical

adjective
cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex

Other Words from cortical

cortically \ ˈkȯr-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cortical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to her, such hallucinations would typically be associated with higher-order cortical regions. Quanta Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 The researchers tested out the system while the animal was under anesthesia and found that the neurograins were able to record spontaneous cortical activity in the unconscious rat. Emily Mullin, Wired, 13 Sep. 2021 Clinicians, however, have not waited for the research scientists to reach a consensus on neural pathways and cortical activity in regard to fetal pain. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, 21 Sep. 2021 Dozens of microchips scattered over the cortical surface might allow researchers to listen in on thousands of neurons at the same time. Emily Mullin, Wired, 13 Sep. 2021 Among many other approaches, he has been involved in studies that measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol and the physical composition of the brain, analyzing cortical thickness or gray and white matter volume. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Responsiveness can change from all to none within millimeters or across a sulcus (a groove on the cortical surface). Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 Those three cortical regions are the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes, which are associated with thinking, auditory processing, and sensory information, respectively. Max G. Levy, Wired, 11 May 2021 Why staggering stimulation in time improves perception is not clear and reveals our ignorance concerning functioning cortical circuits. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of cortical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cortical was in 1671

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“Cortical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cortical. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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cortical

adjective
cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex cortical tissue
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex cortical blindness

Other Words from cortical

cortically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortical (audio) \ adverb

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